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Obama and Boehner discuss fiscal cliff by phone

WASHINGTON — For the first time in days, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner spoke by phone Wednesday about the fiscal cliff that threatens to knock the economy into recession, raising the prospect of fresh negotiations to prevent tax increases and spending cuts set to kick in with the new year.

Officials provided no details of the conversation, which came on the same day the president, hewing to a hard line, publicly warned congressional Republicans not to inject the threat of a government default into the already complex issue.

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